(Closed) Did anyone mail their name change documents to social security?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, I have been wondering this too! I don’t have any time off for the rest of the year since I took it all for our wedding/honeymoon, so i’m in the same boat. I’m def following this thread 🙂

Post # 4
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t mail it but I would make sure to send it Priority Mail with Return Receipt Requested or something similar to make sure it gets there safely.

Post # 5
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379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Make sure you insure it bc I have had a lot of problems with USPS in the past.  They would lose my mail all the time, send mail to the wrong address, lieing to me about what happen to my package and just be downright rude and nasty.  You want to make sure you protect your package, bc there is not a lot you can do if USPS loses it or destroys it somehow.  I think, if you insure it though, they will be liable for it.  And just cross your fingures I guess. 

I would also worry about Social security losing your passport.  Govt agencies are not very efficient.

Post # 6
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually will need to get a new passport anyways, as this one is full, so i’m not particularly concerned about that! I think i’m just going to go for it…

Post # 7
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@crayfish: You do still need to worry about them losing it because you will need the old one to get a new one issued.  Plus, you should insure the package since your SSN will be in there along with other identifying information and if the post office loses it, it would be easy for someone to steal your identity.

Post # 8
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Yes, I understand 😉 i’ve traveled to about 31 different countries, got the identity issues down. It is still possible to get a new passport without your old one – as long as you have proper ID. People who lose their passports can still get another one!

Post # 9
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13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I refused to put my original birth certificate, original SS card and my passport through the US mail.  It just isn’t very safe.  Those are the documents that truely prove your identity and the US mail service it awful and I don’t trust them not to lose stuff.  I’ve had way too many pieces of mail lost, damaged, etc (I’ve had some envelopes ripped open and delivered completely empty – all contents lost).

Going to the local office was really quick and easy.  Took 30 minutes tops.  Save yourself the risk and go over a lunch break or leave a little early from work one day.

Post # 10
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I didn’t need my passport at SS (which makes sense as not everyone has one). All I needed was the marriage certificate and id which I’m pretty sure could have been liscence and/or birth cert. (I used my passport). Eitehr way, it was super easy and I would also suggest going on lunch break or leaving a bit early if possible to avoid mailing such documents. It took about 2 weeks to get my card in the mail after I went in in person to make the change.

Post # 11
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2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I only had to send my marriage license and my name change form to my local SS office. I ordered a backup certificate so I wasn’t too worried about it. They got it about 2 days later, I got what I had sent back the following week with a letter saying it would take a max of 2 weeks to get my new SS card.

I don’t think you need to send all that other stuff with it. I’d be surprised if different states required different things since SS is a federal thing.

Post # 12
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13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@camrie: Hummmm …. I was definitely required to show my birth certificate and SS card along with a photo proof of ID (passport or driver’s license) along with my marriage license.  I guess it does sometimes differ.

Post # 13
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is what I did (here in NC):

After we got our official marriage certificate back in the mail (about 2 weeks after the wedding) I went to the social security office.  I went to one locally so I didn’t mail it.  I changed my name at the office and then about a week or 2 later they mailed me my new social security card in the mail.  3 days after going to the ssc office I could go to the DMV for my new license.  I got my new drivers license a week or 2 after that by mail.

Then once I had those 2 documents with my new name I could apply for a passport.  I needed to mail my old passport, and copies of my new documents plus an official copy of our marriage license.  Also the passport paperwork & fees.  It will vary if you’ve never had a passport before – then you’ll need a birth certificate I think.  Also my passport came very quick!  I also recieved my old documents and old passport back as promised!

Post # 14
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2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Mrs.KMM: Maybe it’s different if you actually go to the office. Since I mailed mine I only had to include our marrige license. I think only if you live in a certain area do you need to actually visit a SS office (and maybe they require ID if you do it in-person).

http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html

Oh and for the OP: Sign the form with your intended name (it doesn’t say on the form which name to sign with). I signed with my old name and they called me so I had to send a new form in.

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